Ottawa bears all the unique characteristics of a pulsating metropolitan city and the assumption is often that everything including appetizing and delicious meals is expensive. However, this is far from the truth as there are several venues which offer meals that won’t break the budget. Check out the best new cheap eats in Ottawa; you can always give yourself a treat – delicious lunch or dinner that will nourish you in style;
Hu Tieu Mi Gia ($5 pho after 8pm)
121 Preston St, Ottawa, ON K1R 7P3
Whether you have varied taste buds that love to explore new cuisines or you just miss indigenous meals, Hu Tieu Mi Gia will provide you with a delightful experience. They offer the typical Vietnamese menu and more. What is Vietnamese food without the noodle soup? Probably, incomplete. So, it’s no wonder that there are varieties of it offered. The vermicelli, spring rolls or rice dish with their wonton soup and BBQ pork are well marinated, taste authentic and homemade. For the buff vegetarian diet, there is the stir fried mixed vegetables, fried rice noodle with veggies, Buddha tofu and more.
Pub 101 ($5.01 Meals and drinks every day)
101 York St, Ottawa, ON K1N 8Y3
Are you looking for an extra to that normal pub experience while you watch a game and cheer on your team? Or you want that hip hangout with friends amidst amazing finger-licking food and great music? Pub 101 answers to all those needs! You can kick off with a starter of the daily soup before you lunge into the famed Pub 101 wings; choosing from the various options such as the Lemon Pepper Dusted Thai, BBQ and Hot Honey. Support your wings with a basket of fries and a side of salads. There is more to discover with the crispy calamari tossed in parmesan or house made marinara dipping sauce. The nachos await you with mixed cheese, peppers, tomatoes, jalapeno and green onions.
Warehouse ($5 meals)
77 Clarence St, Ottawa, ON K1N 5P5
A buzzing popular cocktail spot nearby the ByWard Market with a nice selection of tasty food. For starters, you can settle for the maple bacon potato skins adding the recommended braised beef or for the more daring, aim for the peppered fries, maple bacon, cheese curds and gravy in the Warehouse Poutine dish and you may want just a quick simple fix with the yam fries to dip in macho sauce. The glazed onions will not be ignored easily on the same grounds with the crispy chicken wings and fingers and fries. The salads and tortillas come with a wide range of choices that suit your taste. This place is a bit of almost everything, so you get the burger and sandwiches works too. And when you are ready for the main meal, you can dip into the bowls of Crispy Mac N’ Cheese or the braised beef Spaghetti. Expect a wait on weekends which are their busiest times but it would be worth it.
Di Rienzo ($6.25 Amazing sandwiches)
111 Beech St, Ottawa, ON K1S 4P1
Presenting the famous Ottawa’s sandwiches with over 15 options to select from, you just cannot be bored with them. There are custom sandwiches alongside daily specials. Paradise di Paolo true to its name with the titillating mortadella, salami, capicollo, provolone, tomato, lettuce and olive oil takes you up for a tasty rapture. You can also revel in the Chicken Spezzatino digging into the chicken breast, mushrooms, sautéed onions, garlic in a lemon sauce and topped with mozzarella cheese. The sandwiches come fresh and delicious and their pasta is also a delight. Almost everyone that has been there roots for the cannoli, you should try it too.
Sherwood Market & Deli (Sandwiches from $5.49)
111 Sherwood Driver, Ottawa, ON K1Y 3V1
This is the classic take-out deli for a quick meal. Their options for pick-up orders and delivery also makes them a reliable spot to turn to when hunger bites. They make sandwiches so well that they are not stuck up with forcing fixed menus on you. You get to choose what you want and how much of it you want in your sandwich. Their soft egg bread is amazing and the sandwiches come with great sauce and plenty of meat. The chicken, bacon and avocado sandwiches also rank high in presentation and taste.
Banh Mi My Hang ($3 Vietnamese Sandwiches)
788 Somerset St W, Ottawa, ON K1R 6R1
If you want a slice of a cultural throwback to Vietnam and a street vendor-like food experience, Banh Mi will give you just that. The Viet submarines with the pickled carrots, daikon, pate, pork, cilantro and butter are an absolute delight. The sandwiches are not the only great thing about this place, the native sweets like the three-coloured jelly pudding, mung bean pudding and rice pudding add to the overall Vietnamese cultural allure. The Banh Mi are quite filling and a great value for just $3.
Kettleman’s (Bagel sandwiches starting at $4.39)
912 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K1S 3W4
This spot is reputed for its hand-rolled bagels made with you in mind. The bagels come in varied options of plain, cinnamon raisin, sesame, poppy, garlic, egg onion and marble rye. If you want the extra above the ordinary, try the speciality bagels; super cinnamon, French toast and other daily specials. Their homemade spreads of the plain cream cheese, flavoured cream cheese or the low-fat options are amazing on the bagels. Aside from the bagels, they also make delicious egg, gourmet and panini sandwiches, salads and baked treats.
Chickpeas (6 falafels for $5 or 12 for $9)
Ottawa Train Yards, 500 Terminal Ave A-05 Ottawa, ON K1G 0Z3
Chickpeas is popularly acclaimed as a big hit for strict vegetarians and being Ottawa’s first and only falafel eatery that uses only organic chickpeas. The falafel and hummus are a regular inclusion in all the sandwiches offered in white or brown pita according to your choice. When you ‘Go Original’, you will be having falafel, traditional hummus, parsley, mint, tomatoes, pickles and tahini sauce and ‘Go Beet’ gives you falafel, red beet hummus, tomatoes, fresh basil, dili and tahini sauce. The falafel wraps come with a proper blend of texture and spice.
Costco (For only $1.50- Sausage or Hotdog with free refills on your fountain drink)
The Costco food courts were opened with shoppers in mind to get a place to rest from shopping and a quick fix meal. Most famous among Costco food items are the large pizzas that are sold whole or by the slice, the hotdogs and sausages. You can get the pizza by the slice for $1.99 and BBQ Brisket Sandwich at $4.99. The drinks and deserts start at $.59 with the 20 oz. Soda free refills and the Berry Sundae at $1.65. The polish dog and a drink for $1.50 is an amazing deal for both your filled stomach and your thrifty pocket.
Patty Boland’s (35₵ Wings & $3 Burgers on Mondays)
101 Clarence St, Ottawa, ON K1N 5P5
This classic Irish pub with some strands of American and Canadian flavors features a bar and great quick meals options. The specials are often $5 appetizers with the purchase of a drink. There is a fairly wide selection; from the zucchini sticks which are served with a spicy ranch dipping sauce, the three-coloured nacho chips covered in cheese mix, salsa, guacamole and sour cream, the breaded wings are deeply fried and lightly dusted in cajun seasoning or mixed with your choice of sauce. All burgers are served with lettuce, tomatoes, and pickles. Their salads and sandwiches are equally tasty.
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